Levels of Life by Julian Barnes
What’s it about?
The book is split into three distinct parts. The first part of the book was a little tough for me but I appreciated it as part of the whole when I finished. In the end it is a study on love and grief but you have to read through to the end to see how it all fits together. Just keep reading!!
What did I learn?
Where do you begin with this one? I read it on the train, which is always helpful for me. No interruptions and nothing else that I should be doing. A good thing I was stuck on that train as I would have liked to put this book down after twenty pages but I had nothing else with me. So I persevered. I so loved “The Sense of an Ending” that I had not brought a back up book. What was I thinking? Sarah Bernhardt and ballooning- what was Julian Barnes thinking? Thankfully I kept on reading and was rewarded with one of the most thoughtful novels on love and grief I have ever read. It was so beautiful!
Should I read it?
Absolutely but think delayed gratification with this one!
“We live on the flat, on the level, and yet-and so- we aspire. Groundlings, we can sometimes reach as far as the gods. Some soar with art, others with religion: most with love. But when we soar, we also crash. There are few soft landings. We may find ourselves bouncing across the ground with leg-fracturing force, dragged towards some foreign railway line. Every love story is a potential grief story. If not at first, then later. If not for one, then for the other. Sometimes, for both. “
If you liked this you should read-
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
On Cannan's Side by Sebastian Barry
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― Charles William Eliot
3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!